Elections 2023: Meta establishes a team to monitor Facebook and Instagram posts


Goalthe owners of Facebook, instagramY WhatsAppHe said he has established a cross-functional team spread across the globe to monitor Nigerian posts before, during and after the country’s 2023 election, especially on Facebook and Instagram.

According to Meta, the team was formed to tackle hate speech, misinformation, and fake news during the election period.

He highlighted several other steps he has taken to protect the integrity of the elections in Nigeria.

Team Composition: Without disclosing details about the team members, Meta said the team includes many Nigerians and others who have spent time living in the country.

  • “The team also includes people with global experience in disinformation, hate speech, elections and disinformation. These teams are working hard to prevent any abuse of our services before, during and after the 2023 Nigerian General Election. At the local level, we also have Nigerian-based staff working on public policy, public policy programs and communications. ”. added.

why the movementAt a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Adaora Ikenze, Meta’s head of public policy for Anglophone West Africa, said the company’s approach to the upcoming elections was based on its experience of past elections in sub-Saharan Africa and their talks. with human rights. groups, NGOs, local civil society organizations, regional experts and local electoral authorities.

  • “We know we have an important responsibility when it comes to helping keep people safe during the election. Using lessons from the past, including input from experts and policymakers across the national spectrum, we have made substantial investments in people and technology to reduce misinformation, remove harmful content from our platforms, fight voter interference, and promote civic engagement. during the elections. We continue to work closely with electoral authorities and local partners in Nigeria to ensure that we are preparing for the specific challenges in Nigeria and taking the appropriate steps to anticipate emerging threats.” she said.

In addition, he revealed that since 2016, Meta has quadrupled the size of global teams working on safety and security to some 40,000 people, and has invested more than $16 billion in equipment and technology in this area. This also includes more than 15,000 content reviewers located around the world in all major time zones.

She said these reviewers can review content in more than 70 languages, including Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.

WhatsApp misinformation: While many use WhatsApp to spread misinformation through forwarded messages, Ikenze said Meta has introduced measures to limit the spread of viral messages. According to her, any message that has been forwarded once can now only be forwarded to one group at a time, instead of five, which was the previous limit.

  • “When we introduced the same feature for highly forwarded messages, it reduced the number of these messages sent on WhatsApp by more than 70%. We also label messages ‘forwarded’ and ‘highly forwarded’ to highlight when something has been shared multiple times.” she said.

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